Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association abandoned the usual stroke scoring format in favor of a points tournament that was played April 7 at Payson Golf Course.
In the format, par scores were worth one point, a birdie two points and an eagle three points. Players good enough to chalk up double eagles earned four points. Bogeys and above received no points.
The low-gross winners on the day were Kenny Althoff (15 points; first flight), Warren Mulcahy (9; second flight) and Jack Gibbs (7; third flight).
In low-net scoring among the first flight participants, Jim Dalgleish (26) was first, Troy Neal (22) second and Gary Valpon (21) third.
Don Nicholas tallied 24 points to take first place in the second flight low-net scoring. Dick Ceyler and Roger Poole tied for second with identical point totals of 21. On a scorecard playoff, Ceyler was awarded second and Poole third.
In the third flight low-net battles, Jim Furimsky (26) outdueled runner-up Dick Jones (24) and bronze medalist Don Gyde (23).
Closest-to-the-pin winners include Tony Legault (No. 2; 24 feet, 6 inches), Poole (No. 5; 7 feet, 2 inches), Armand Werle (No. 8; 3 feet), Ralph Lindo (No. 14; 6 feet) and Furimsky (No. 17; 1 foot 9 inches).
Low-gross, low-net play
A week prior to the points tournament, the PMGA members locked horns in the much more traditional low-gross and low-net format.
In the first flight, John Waring swung his way to the low-gross title with a 78. Carding a 79, Neal was second. In low-net play, Valpon's 67 was good enough for the gold. With a 68, Jack Greenshield took second.
Frank Karnes (78) ran past Mulcahy (84) for first place in second flight low-gross scoring. In low-net play, Lindo (63) claimed the gold and Ceyler was second (68).
In third flight action, Doug Talbot (81) won the low-gross title edging runner-up Nicholas (86). Low-net play saw Jim Rhoades (61) claim first and Werle (66) take second.
With a 95, Ross Robertson won the fourth flight low net title over Gyde (104). Also in the flight, Bob Hendrie and Bob Gardner tied for first with a pair of 71s. In a scorecard playoff, Hendrie was named champion and Gardner fell to second.
Closest-to-the-pin prize winners included Karnes (No. 2; 21 feet, 11 inches), Bud Drummond (No. 5; 18 feet, 8 inches), Neal (No. 8; 3 feet, 5 inches), Lindo (no. 14; 7 feet, 8 inches) and Rhoades (No. 17; 14; feet, 8 inches).
Foursome play opens season
In the PMGA regular season opener March 24, members culminated a breakfast meeting with a scramble tournament.
Each of the foursomes featured an A, B, C and D rated player.
Drummond said the tournament was played over the back nine holes twice mostly because of the less than desirable conditions of the golf course.
"The first nine was played from the white tees and the second nine from the red tees," Drummond said.
With a tally of 47.6, the foursome of Neal, Gibbs, Gardner and Tom Castas walked away with the tournament crown. John Pauley, Herb Sherman, Martin Christy and Werle finished as runner-ups posting a 49.8.
The team of Dick Harding, Bill McKenna, Popeye Clay and Mulcahy flexed their biceps to a third-place showing. The four finished at 50.7. A 52.7 earned John Peele, Furimsky, Waring and Robertson fourth-place laurels.
Closest-to-the-pin honors from the white tees were earned by Pat King (No. 14; 4 feet, 1 inch) and Lindo (No. 17; 4 feet, inch). From the red tees the winners were King (No. 14; 2 feet, 9 inches) and Althoff (No. 17; 13 feet, 1 inch).